Shad Khan: President Trump's attacks vs. National Football League 'personal'

Jaguars owner Shad Khan

The owner of the Jacksonville Jaguars came after Trump hard in an interview, saying the president is attacking the league out of jealousy.

"This is a very personal issue with him", Khan told USA Today.

Trump made a bid to purchase the Buffalo Bills after owner Ralph Wilson in 2014, but the league accepted the bid of current owners Terry and Kim Pegula.

Khan suggested that Trump does not actually care about the anthem protests he so frequently speaks and tweets about. In September, the president said: "Wouldn't you love to see one of these National Football League owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, 'Get that son of a bitch off the field right now. Out!"

Khan said he doesn't regret donating to the President as he was intrigued by many of his proposed economic policies, but that this 'toxic side, ' of Trump 'sours the whole experience'.

Trump criticized the NFL again on Twitter on Wednesday for not implementing a rule requiring players to stand during the national anthem.

Goodell and a number of players, owners and Players Association representatives met earlier in the week to discuss the reasons behind the ongoing protests.

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Khan bought the Jaguars in 2011 and is the league's only non-white majority owner. The court sided with Trump and awarded him $1 in damages.

'Here, it's about money, or messing with - trying to soil a league or a brand that he's jealous of'.

According to ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter, Khan is not the only owner who feels that way about Trump.

In response to the president's criticism, Giants owner John Mara said Wednesday, "We're all aware that's going to continue, but we can't allow ourselves to get baited by that". Trump led an attempt with fellow USFL owners to force a merger with the NFL in 1984 but he was unsuccessful and the league folded in 1986.

Khan also accused the president of "confusing" people about what the First Amendment means. "I think what we're seeing is the great divider overcoming the great uniter".

Accepting the negative reporting about the president's recent private conversation with a Gold Star wife, Kahn went on to call Trump's behavior "bizarre" and "the lowest of the lowest expectations".

"It bears repeating that we were remiss in not fully comprehending the effect of the national anthem demonstration occurring on foreign soil has had on the men and women who have or continue to serve our country", the team president, Mark Lamping, wrote in a letter to city officials dated October 6 (via ESPN).

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